Spanish Studies students are encouraged to explore the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world in our courses and beyond.
- The US has the 2nd largest Spanish-speaking population in the world!
Students don’t have to go far to apply their linguistic and cultural knowledge in the real world.
- We focus on developing the necessary skills for today’s connected world in innovative communicative language classes and dynamic literary, linguistic and cultural analysis courses.
- A degree in Spanish Studies will prepare students to be critical thinkers that take multiple perspectives into account as they go on to careers in any field.
Why study Spanish?
- Communicate with real people in the world When you take Spanish and take the time and energy to learn this language, you’re not just abstractly learning words and rules, you’re learning a system of communication that will allow you to speak and communicate with real people.
- Increase and enhance your future career possibilities Being bilingual opens up career possibilities in international businesses, technology, health services, human resources, translation/interpretation and more often with higher salaries.
- Become more worldly and well-rounded Learning another language and learning about other cultures gives you more compassion and empathy for the experiences of others outside the US.
- Strengthen your brain Learning another language increases the folds in your brain. It has also been shown to stall the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The new language creates new pathways in your brain that helps you retain its strength for many years.
- Learn how to learn Learning Spanish is applicable to learning other skills. Knowing that with time and focused effort you can do anything is a valuable life-lesson.
Where can I study abroad?
Studying abroad is a transformative experience in many ways, not only do students improve their language skills through immersion in the language, they are also exposed to new cultures and ways of life and can make lifelong connections with fellow citizens of the world. Students that major in Spanish Studies can study abroad in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, or Spain through the Global Engagement’s Study Abroad program.
Other opportunities to go abroad include working with social enterprises and/or nonprofits through the Global Fellows program (with placements in Bolivia) and the Global Social Benefits Fellowship (past placements included Mexico and Nicaragua, but this is subject to change every year). Some Ignatian Center Immersion trips also provide opportunities in the US and abroad to travel and immerse yourself in Spanish!
Spanish Academic Advising
Advisors for Upper-division courses and Spanish Majors and Minors:
CORE Second Language Advisors (CORE questions, Elementary & Intermediate Course Advisors):
Where can I use Spanish locally?
- Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative Work with local low-income business owners (many are Spanish-speaking) in a 4 unit ELSJ course in Winter and Spring quarters.
Check out this blog post by Spanish Major ‘18, Christian Linares
- SCCAP - A great on-campus organization connecting you to volunteer opportunities locally. Always remember that the service you do and connections you build should be your main priority, using and improving your Spanish should be seen as a secondary bonus!
- Check out the Workers Connection and ESL on Campus!
- ELSJ courses - The ELSJ courses in our department include a component in which you work with local Spanish speaking community members. But also keep in mind that many of the ELSJ courses in other departments may also include working with Spanish speakers!
Video de estudiantes y trabajadores de Benson
It is a dictionary but it also has translation forums. It helps you translate words that are untranslatable (e.g. "nerd"). WordReference is based on the Espasa dictionaries and is very user-friendly
Diccionario de la Real Academia Española de la Lengua
The site is less user friendly than WR, but the DRAE is considered the “official” Spanish dictionary
Another very good page, based on Vox dictionaries, but it requires registration and payment
EFE’s Fundación para el español
Great resource for more advanced students
Another slang site, Some material is “risqué”, but might help you find out country-specific lingo
Spanish Grammar drills
A collection of grammar exercises for intermediate and advanced students of Spanish
Spanish grammar exercises
Verb Conjugation Tables
The page is poorly designed page, but useful
Interviews with Native Speakers
Listen to native speakers talk about a variety of topics, ranging from beginning to advanced levels
A language school with lots of movies subtitled in Spanish
Lo Más TV
Learn Spanish by watching Spanish TV in an online video player designed for language learners
Spanish Movies Online
Short Spanish movie trailers
Free and educational. A great resource
Language groups in your area. For those interested in meet with other people to practice Spanish or other in a place near you. Meetup.com is a commercial site to match people with common interests locally. There’s a number of foreign language and culture groups listed for the Bay Area
A great resource if you're looking for any type of media in the Spanish-speaking world
Noticias de Latinoamérica, Estados Unidos y el mundo
Noticias de actualidad, videos, reportajes
Spain-based news aggregator
Prof. Ribas’s Scoop.it Page
News and content related to SPAN 147 “Cinema, Politics, and Society in Latin America”
Música y asuntos sociales
Highly recommended for Span 2 and 3. Listen to music while you read the lyrics. Learn about social issues from Latin America
Funny Soap Opera
A very funny soap opera written by Spanish students on the BBC site. Easy and subtitled
You listen to music and provide the missing words in the lyrics. At the beginning level, only a few words are missing. If you're feeling brave, do the advanced level, where no words are provided
Alternative Latino Music
It's in English, but it will lead you to discover great alternative latino music.
“My time in Seville, Spain has been nothing short of incredible! I am so grateful for the opportunity to explore this beautiful city everyday and interact with the locals. One of the best parts of my experience abroad has been my homestay. I live with a "Señora", Chari, and we get along so well! I get to practice my Spanish everyday and her daughters and granddaughters come by often, so I get to experience what family life is like in Seville."